Coaching for failed SSC students in AP, says minister

Social welfare minister orders offcials to take necessary steps

Vijayawada: In wake of all-round criticism over poor results in SSC examinations, particularly residential schools run for students of SC communities, AP government has issued instructions to start intensive coaching for all failed candidates who will be writing their supplementary 10th Class examinations.

The decision was taken at a review meeting social welfare minister Merugu Nagarjuna held with officials of social welfare department at the secretariat in Velagapudi on Friday following poor SSC results.

The minister expressed dissatisfaction over SC residential schools recording a pass percentage of 49 in SSC examinations this year. He directed officials to take action against principals of schools, where the lowest percentage has been registered.

Nagarjuna wanted authorities to call all students who have failed in SSC examinations back to hostels for special tuitions before they appear for their supplementary examinations. He ordered officials to make sure that every student passes the supplementary examinations.

The minister instructed officials to conduct an awareness programme for ninth class students before two months of joining 10th Class. This is to ensure that they do not face difficulties in various subjects once they get into the 10th standard.

Nagarjuna asked SC Corporation to work in coordination with AP Skill Development Corporation for offering nursing, medical lab technician and other skill development courses for students, so that they can find gainful employment.

The minister also directed authorities to take legal action against Venkateswara Traders for failing to supply e-autos and not refunding money paid by SC Corporation for the vehicles. Social welfare secretary M.M. Naik, director K. Harshavardhan, SC hostels’ deputy director Lakshmisudha and SC Corporation manager G.M. Karuna Kumari were among those who attended the review meeting.

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